IDBIndex.openCursor()

The openCursor() method of the IDBIndex interface returns an IDBRequest object, and, in a separate thread, creates a cursor over the specified key range.

The method sets the position of the cursor to the appropriate record, based on the specified direction.

  • If the key range is not specified or is null, then the range includes all the records.
  • A success event is always fired on the result object.
    • If at least one record matches the key range then the result property of the event is set to the new IDBCursor object; the value of the cursor object is set to a structured clone of the referenced value.
    • If no records match the key range then then the result property of the event is set to null.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.

Syntax

var request = myIndex.openCursor();
var request = myIndex.openCursor(range);
var request = myIndex.openCursor(range, direction);

Parameters

range Optional
A key or IDBKeyRange to use as the cursor's range. If nothing is passed, this will default to a key range that selects all the records in this object store.
direction Optional
The cursor's direction. See IDBCursor Constants for possible values.

Return value

An IDBRequest object on which subsequent events related to this operation are fired.

Exceptions

This method may raise a DOMException of one of the following types:

Exception Description
TransactionInactiveError This IDBIndex's transaction is inactive.
TypeError The value for the direction parameter is invalid.
DataError

The key or key range provided contains an invalid key.

InvalidStateError The IDBIndex has been deleted or removed.

Example

In the following example we open a transaction and an object store, then get the index lName from a simple contacts database. We then open a basic cursor on the index using openCursor() — this works the same as opening a cursor directly on an ObjectStore using IDBObjectStore.openCursor except that the returned records are sorted based on the index, not the primary key.

Finally, we iterate through each record, and insert the data into an HTML table. For a complete working example, see our IDBIndex-example demo repo (View the example live.)

function displayDataByIndex() {
  tableEntry.innerHTML = '';
  var transaction = db.transaction(['contactsList'], 'readonly');
  var objectStore = transaction.objectStore('contactsList');

  var myIndex = objectStore.index('lName'); 

  myIndex.openCursor().onsuccess = function(event) {
    var cursor = event.target.result;
    if(cursor) {
      var tableRow = document.createElement('tr');
      tableRow.innerHTML =   '<td>' + cursor.value.id + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.lName + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.fName + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.jTitle + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.company + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.eMail + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.phone + '</td>'
                           + '<td>' + cursor.value.age + '</td>';
      tableEntry.appendChild(tableRow);  

      cursor.continue();
    } else {
      console.log('Entries all displayed.');    
    }
  };
};

Specification

Specification Status Comment
Indexed Database API
The definition of 'openCursor()' in that specification.
Recommendation  
Indexed Database API 2.0
The definition of 'openCursor()' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 24
Full support 24
No support 23 — 24
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 16
Full support 16
No support 10 — 16
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: moz
IE Full support 10
Notes
Full support 10
Notes
Notes partial
Opera Full support 15Safari Full support 7WebView Android Full support Yes
Full support Yes
No support ? — ?
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Chrome Android Full support 25Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 22Opera Android Full support 22Safari iOS Full support 8Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.
Requires a vendor prefix or different name for use.

See also

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